Raj textbook states that freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak is ‘father of terrorism’
Pune: The Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have come together in Pune, demanding the removal of derogatory remarks against freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak published in a textbook of Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE).
The textbook of Class VIII states, “Tilak demonstrated a path towards national movement, therefore, he is called the father of terrorism,” on page 267 of chapter 22 of the book. The description is part of sub-topic ‘Incidents of National Movement during 18th and 19th Century’.
Mayor Mukta Tilak, the great-granddaughter-in-law of Lokmanya Tilak, wrote a letter to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia condemning the reference of a national leader as the father of terrorism.
Similarly, great-grandson of Tilak, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress General Secretary Rohit Tilak staged an agitation at Mahatma Phule Mandai and demanded removal of the remark from the textbook.
The Rajasthan State Textbook Board publishes the books in Hindi.
These books are published by a Mathura-based publisher and are used by private English-medium schools associated with Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education. BJP is the ruling party in Rajasthan and Vasundhara Raje Scindia is the Chief Minister of the state.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Mayor Tilak on Monday said, “I have personally sent a letter to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia. I requested the Chief Minister to remove matter from a textbook.”
Yogesh Gogawale, City Unit Chief of BJP said, “The Maharashtra Pradesh has already sent a letter to the Rajasthan government. Lokmanya Tilak is a national leader.”
Rohit Tilak said, “It is very sad that Lokmanya Tilak, who sacrificed his life for the country, is humiliated in such a manner. Hence, our family has sent a letter to Rajasthan government to remove it.”